The Football League Paper - - INSIDE: - By Luke Baker

RU­MOURS have been swirling of a bust-up be­tween Bris­tol City for­ward Lee Tom­lin and man­ager Lee John­son – but the player is adamant that’s not the case.

Be­fore this week­end, Tom­lin had been used as a sub­sti­tute for the Robins’ last two Cham­pi­onship games, prompt­ing whis­pers of a fall­ing out.

Those matches were part of a club record eight con­sec­u­tive league de­feats, while the 28-year-old has not scored in the Cham­pi­onship since early De­cem­ber.

The for­mer Mid­dles­brough and Bournemouth man has strug­gled to re­cap­ture the form he showed dur­ing a loan spell at Ashton Gate last term, but he laughed off sug­ges­tions that he and John­son don’t see eye to eye.

“I don’t know where peo­ple get it from. Me and the gaffer sort of laughed at it,” said Tom­lin.

“There is noth­ing go­ing on. Nig­gles in train­ing have kept me out of the team.

“I’ve been ill. I’m in a bad way at the mo­ment. For me per­son­ally, from the first month or two of the sea­son, my stan­dards have been nowhere near (what I ex­pect).

“I’ve not been buzzing as much as I should be. I take full re­spon­si­bil­ity for that. I’m des­per­ate to get back to where I was last sea­son, when I loved ev­ery­thing.”

LAUGH: Lee Tom­lin

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